Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment elec­tions are edg­ing closer

Paisley Daily Express - - It’s Time To Play Your Part, Young People Urged - Ken­neth Speirs

Young peo­ple are be­ing urged to put them­selves for­ward for next year’s Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment (SYP) elec­tions.

Pupils at Ren­frew High School helped launch the call to ac­tion aimed at all young peo­ple aged be­tween 14 and 25 years-old.

Mem­bers of the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment (MSYPs) serve a twoyear term and at­tend three sit­tings each year to give young peo­ple a voice on a na­tional level.

Five can­di­dates will be elected to rep­re­sent Ren­frew­shire’s young peo­ple – two for Ren­frew­shire North West, two for Pais­ley and one for Ren­frew­shire South.

Ren­frew High pupil Skye Docherty said: “Stand­ing to be elected in the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment gives young peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to make our voices heard and be a voice for other young peo­ple.”

Young peo­ple have un­til Fri­day, Novem­ber 16, to regis­ter their in­ter­est in be­com­ing a can­di­date for the SYP elec­tion.

Reg­is­tra­tion takes place on­line at https:// elec­tions. syp. org. uk/ elec­tions/2/.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive San­dra Black is the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer for the SYP elec­tions in Ren­frew­shire.

San­dra said: “Be­ing a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to work with elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and pub­lic, pri­vate and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions both lo­cally and na­tion­ally to make pos­i­tive changes for young peo­ple liv­ing, work­ing or study­ing in Ren­frew­shire.”

Year of Young Peo­ple Cham­pion, Coun­cil­lor Michelle Camp­bell, added: “It’s re­ally im­por­tant that young peo­ple have their voices heard and their views are con­sid­ered as part of lo­cal and na­tional de­ci­sion mak­ing.

“I’d en­cour­age young peo­ple to regis­ter their in­ter­est in be­com­ing a can­di­date as soon as they can.”

Young peo­ple who regis­ter their in­ter­est are in­vited to at­tend a can­di­date brief­ing on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28, in the coun­cil cham­bers at Ren­frew­shire House.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email youth@ren­frew­shire.gov.uk or call 0141 889 1110.

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